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The organizing ideas diy that you won’t regret! Do you ever regret getting rid of a plant tag and later on you can’t remember the details of the specific plant? This can happen with both indoor or outdoor plants.

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I have a great organizing ideas diy for you plant tags. This post will show you how to organize plant information to use throughout the seasons; Why to start using this organizing method, organization inspiration with reasons to keep nursery plant tags you have not thought about, information provided that is so useful, organizing type options and step by step tutorial for organizing your plant tags.

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So many times in the past, I have a plant I need to understand better in order to prepare it for the new season. then I can’t find the type of plant I have or how long I have had it, which many times impact blooming or how you treat your plant.

Organizing ideas for your plant tags comes in handy, always!


Here are some of the things you will gain knowledge on when you have the correct name and organize the plant information:

  • HARDINESS; Shows the zone for best outcome when growing the plant. Understand what to do at each Season to Prepare, whether to cut it down or leave as it is.
  • Shows the Zone that it is suited for and the minimum temperature it can withstand.
  • FERTILIZER; Knowing plant details will help researching the best type of specific fertilizer to use.
  • LIGHT; Look at the tag to quickly understand the need of it for Sun or Shade.
  • BLOOMS; Season that the plant will bloom will help decided how to cluster your plants to have color throughout the seasons.
  • LANDSCAPE USE; Will specify the best use for the plant.
  • SCIENTIFIC NAME; Learn more about other colors or varieties of the same plant by having the scientific name. Sometimes Plants are taken out of the market and you may be able to find it through another gardener if you have the name and information.

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The light level that is required for a particular plant are indicated on plant tags. The way it is shown can vary; the plant tags may show full sun, part sun, and shade symbols.

  • Full sun – Understand that you must consider this to be accounted for the warmest time of the day. This is at least accounting for 6 hours on full sun.
  • Part sun – This is cutting the hours in half to 3 hours.
  • Full shade – Note that full shade means ‘full shade’ on plant tags. I have tried to get away with more sun, but trust me, it does not fly. The plants are more delicate, for example; ferns or some types of hydrangea.


  • FLOWERING PLANTS: Flowering only plant tags.
  • EVERGREEN PLANTS: Evergreen only plant tags.
  • PER SEASON: Divide tags per Season.
  • PER AREA IN YOUR GARDEN: Divide plant tags per Area of your layout. I have names for my garden; Secret Garden Area, Pond Area and Entry Area.
  • SIZE: You can also do a binder for each area, depending on the size of your garden.
  • LIGHTING REQUIREMENTS: Organize plant information by sun or shade requirement.
  • DAY PURCHASED: Organize per year.
  • INDOOR OR OUTDOOR PLANTS: You could organize your indoor plants, like air plants indoors or outdoor air plants.

Use the internet to print your plant photo if it is not on the tag. Having a photo is so helpful to quickly find what you are looking for.

I love to research all I can about different plants, like air plants.

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1. Gather your Materials

  • Paint Tape
  • Brushes
  • Acrylic Paints (white and black)
  • Stencil
  • Birch Tape
  • Glue or Hot Glue Gun
  • Decorative Tape
  • Sheet for Notes

2. Line on the Front and Back

Decide where you would like the line to be at.

Tape to create line.

I wanted the line to disappear on the front.

For tape, add top and bottom tape to create line and joint on the front to provide the visual effect.

IMPORTANT TIP: Blot your tape a lot, otherwise it will rip the binder finish. This will get rid of some of the glue on the tape and not adhere too much. When removing, do each tape independently and go very slow.

3. Freehand a soft Shape on the front of the Binder

Use dry brush method to make a shape you like.

Place you paint on the brush by dabbing the brush and the blot on a paper napkin.

Brush softly the shapes, freestyle for a softer look.

4. Apply Stencil Design

Select your stencil and place the flowers or branch to match the shape of the soft shapes you created.

Use black paint to add dimension the the look.

Add black paint to stencil of butterfly or what you like to add as a detail that has some movement visually.

Using a black pen, add the final details to the butterflies, like the little antenas.

To finish the front, add the number or description you would like to have as reference between the butterflies.

Keep in mind that you should clean the back of the stencil very well after each use.

5. Add Birch Wood Tape as Tag.

Cut the birch wood tape to the dimension you want to have for your number.

Stencil the number.

Glue the piece to the binder.

You may need to glue the birch wood layer to the burlap of the ribbon after you place it on the binder to make sure it stays in place.

6. Organize Plant Tags into the sleeves.

I like to use photo and business card plastic sleeves to organize my tags.

My tags are organized on two binder;

  1. Green leafy plants / Herbs
  2. Flowers / Dahlias

Use a method that it is easy for you to access the tags when you need the information. I find that I tend to use them a lot in the spring when I am preparing the beds and cleaning and in the fall to check what I may need to protect for the winter.

They have been so helpful and the best thing I have done is keeping them. I add a sheet in the cover with decorative tape and to write a log of what I need to do the next season to prepare for some of the plants. For example, if I need to divide a plant or I want to buy another or fertilize.

I am known for asking a garden center for a tag I may need and am missing sometimes. They are nice enough to provide you with them.


Talk about organization, I have a great way to keep up with the progress of my plants and which are my favorite.

Create a Schedule that provides details of my dahlia garden. I don’t have tags since they don’t come when shipped, but the schedule is a great way to go back and add comments.

You can do this for zinnias, seeds and other plants! I apply this method to my dahlia collection.

Love going back and seeing the best companies to purchase from.

Here are some things I include:

  • Photo
  • Type of plant
  • Name of plant
  • Company Purchased From
  • Details or Notes
  • Date purchased

Each company is so different in what they provide, so keeping a log of how it went after the growing season will give you a great opportunity to know where to purchase from next time.

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  • Johanne Palange Johanne Palange on Feb 01, 2022

    Why have something plain, even possibly ugly when a bit of time and effort can make everything beautiful? Also, I especially liked that you included detailes photos of the materials used.

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  • Patty Patty on Jan 27, 2023

    I never thought of using a photo album! Actually, you just sparked other uses for them too, like holding business cards thanks!!

    • COCOON RAW COCOON RAW on Jan 27, 2023

      Hi Patty! They are so versatile, I love them to store many things. So happy it helped you come up with more ideas for organizing.

  • JoJo JoJo on Jan 11, 2024

    I used to just keep them in flower pots in my garden shed until my husband decided they were trash and threw them away. This is an excellent idea. Thank you for sharing. 🪴🌱

    • COCOON RAW COCOON RAW on Jan 13, 2024

      It has been so helpful for the past few years. I like going back and looking at the tags in the Spring. So happy it helped you! You are so welcome.